What are Performance Air Filters?


Performance air filters in the market today are designed for many applications. They offer better performance and protection to automobile engines. They are built especially to become environmentally-safe using quality foam plasticol seals, high efficiency, filter media and superior, pleat design. The said automotive air filters are stronger, safer and seals better. Some even are designed to increase horsepower and acceleration while providing excellent filtration.

There are two major types of performance air filters used in automobiles: the cabin air filter, and the combustion air filter.

Typically a pleated-paper filter, the cabin air filter is placed in the outside-air intake for the vehicle’s passenger compartment. Some of these air filters are rectangular in shape and others are uniquely shaped and designed to fit the available space of the vehicles’ outside-air intakes. This filter is often overlooked and clogged, considering it is a recent automobile addition, and may significantly reduce airflow from the cabin vents, as well as introduce allergens into the cabin air stream if left unclean.

The combustion air filter, on the other hand, is rectangular in shape. It prevents coarse particulate matter from entering the engine’s cylinders, where it would cause mechanical deterioration and oil contamination.

The elements used for performance air filters include paper, foam, cotton, and oil bath. Pleated paper air filter elements are the common choice for automobile engine air cleaners because they are efficient, cost-effective, and easy to install.

An example of performance air filter is the air filter element with three inlets known as cone filters. These are designed and manufactured for a wide variety of applications and is suitable for almost all types of automobile, making it a type of universal filter. Another is the air filter element with 4.25 inlets which have specifications as follows: The outer and inner screens are made of tuff chrome plated steel. The base structure, the angering fastener, and the pipe clamp are made from stainless steel. The foam material is reticulated polyurethane. The proprietary foam processes to resist water and harmful chemicals. It has a low air resistance and high flow rate.

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